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Hatred Never Ceased by Hatred

Hatred never ceases by hatred
But by love alone is healed.
This is an ancient and eternal law.

(Buddha)

It is Day 3 after the terrorist attack on New York City and the Pentagon. When all of the dust settles, it is estimated that 10,000 innocent people may have died. Ten thousand... how wack is that? How many people are in your hometown?

I live about twenty miles north of New York City. On Monday night, I cancelled a lunch date about ten blocks from the twin towers. The reason I didn't go was that I wanted to spend time with my husband, who had come in early Tuesday morning on an American Airlines flight from Los Angeles to New York.

What a day that was. As I watched the first tower crumble, I developed a knot in my stomach that still remains. Living so close to the city means that my neighbors and friends work there. Immediately, the phone started ringing with concerned folks checking on each other.

I started thinking about my daughters, who were in school. I phoned the elementary where things were under control. My older daughter's middle school was chaos. Kids were crying and worrying about their parents who worked at the World Trade Center. Let me tell you it has been awful.

I have been praying for those I know who are missing, those who are alive and in shock, and those who are risking their lives to provide hope and help for our nation.

Even though this feels like a video, it is real-life. I know firsthand how much pain people are in. Today, I was in the kitchen of someone who hasn't heard from her husband. She has three young kids. You know what? She hasn't given up hope. Even in despair, she is gracious and kind-hearted. That's because she has a strong faith - and she has love.

Love each other. Be kind. Hug your parents and friends. Pray for peace.

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    drowning posted in Friends:
    @country_girl19, I agree with Athena. She might not realize how she's making you feel and it's best to talk to her about it, if not it could get worse. If nothing changes after talking with her, then I think you should rethink things. @WatermelonCurlz, I don't really think you should hang around them that much. They don't listen to you or seem to really care about the fact that you've talked about getting different friends. I'm not saying to just cut them off all together, but I wouldn't stray from the idea of slowly distancing yourself.
    reply about 4 hours
    JazzyRox
    JazzyRox posted in Friends:
    "WatermelonCurlz" wrote:OMG! OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?   You should probably just stop talking to them and stuff. don't sit by them at lunch and don't hang out with them at recess. they sound like they are not good friends. if it gets worse, just tell your parents if they don't already know. idk how good i am at advise. hope this helped.  ~JazzyRox
    reply about 4 hours
    WatermelonCurlz
    OMG!OK so, I have a group to 3 friends (not including me) and they love this video game that I'm not allowed to play. And they know that, so they talk about it purposely around me. Omg, ikr.When I ask to talk about something else the ignore me. So I say, I'm going to go find real friends, and they say, OK, like me care. And that's all they want to talk about, at recess, lunch, secretly in class, you name it thye do it. How do I get them to stop?
    reply about 5 hours
    Abbergrl
    Well I strongly agree with you all. It's like, wow I never knew so many people had this problem!
    reply 1 day
    Abbergrl
    Abbergrl posted in Friends:
    A perfect friend is one who respects your feelings and doesn't make fun of them but helps you feel better, who can drive you only slightly insane, and who will try to save you from embarrassing situations by making you see the funny side. :) :D
    reply 1 day